Liverpool fans will be pleased to hear their club are linked with some faces in the January transfer window. Despite Brendan Rodgers telling the media he would only buy if it vastly improved his squad, The Times understand that Manchester City’s James Milner is a top target.
James Milner is out of contract at the Etihad Stadium this summer and the England international had previously hinted at his plans to leave Manchester City. However Manuel Pellegrini has shown faith in the midfielder and given him plenty of playing time recently, even up front as a “false number 9”. Whilst it is uncertain if he will continue at Manchester City, Liverpool could test the water with a bid in January if the Citizens don’t want to lose Milner on a free.
Milner, 29-years-old, began his professional career at Leeds United and graduated their youth academy system, playing 48 times in the league for the club. After a loan spell with Swindon Town, Milner moved to Newcastle United where he became an important figure, playing 94 league ties. Milner was loaned to Aston Villa in 2005/06 and made than move permanent in August 2008 for £12m. Playing 73 times for the Midlands club in the Premier League he attracted the interest of Manchester City who forked out over £20m and Stephen Ireland for the midfielder.
Milner has had a mixed time with Manchester City, going through times of regular football and little game time. However his Premier League stats reads 8 goals in 117 matches and an attitude that has won him many fans for his selfless effort. The 53 capped England star though may be ready to join Anfield club Liverpool on a free though at the end of the current campaign if the Reds don’t seek to make a permanent move happen this January.